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UCB Nuclear Engineering Department Receives American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation

Published 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Citation recognizes leadership in communications after Fukushima

LaGrange Park, IL (PRWEB) June 21, 2012

The University of California (UC)-Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department has been awarded anAmerican Nuclear Society (ANS) Presidential Citation, ANS President Eric Loewen, PhD, announced today. Loewen will present the award to UC-Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department representatives during the President’s Session of the ANS Annual Conference: “Nuclear Science and Technology: Managing the Global Impact of Economic and Natural Events,” being held June 24-28 in Chicago, Illinois.

“The efforts by UC-Berkeley Nuclear Engineering faculty and students to provide accurate and authoritative information to the public following Fukushima were outstanding and serve as a model to emulate,” said Loewen.

The Presidential Citation recognizes the following achievements:

Nuclear Engineering Department, UC-Berkeley—For serving at the leading edge of communication to educate California and the nation about radiological impact to the U.S. from the Fukushima incident. By collecting atmospheric-transported radiation samples from Japan, explaining the significance to the public via public forums and the UC-Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Air Monitoring Station website, the UC-Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department gained national recognition as a trusted source for rational, accurate and authoritative information about radioactivity and its potential impacts on the U.S. population.

For more information about the conference, visit For information about ANS Honors and Awards, visit

Established in 1954, ANS is a professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its 11,600 members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences. They are advancing the application of these technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government, academia, research laboratories and private industry.

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SORMA WEST IEEE 2012 Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications, May 14-17, 2012

IEEE SORMAmastheadSORMA West 2012 encompassed the full breadth of ionizing radiation measurement applications and technologies, with both oral and poster presentations.

For more information about the meeting, please visit   

PHOTO GALLERY from the meeting.

Special Presentation - Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program

Dear Nuclear Engineering faculty and students:

On behalf of Dean Shankar Sastry, and Associate Dean for Research  Tsu-Jae King Liu, I would like to invite you to a special NE presentation.

The College of Engineering will be hosting the Deputy Director of the Naval Reactors Program, Mr. Stephen Trautman (whose biography is attached here), and his team on Thursday, May 10. In addition to briefings with the Chancellor and College of Engineering Dean's office,  Mr. Trautman will hold an info session on the Navy Nuclear Propulsion  Program for all interested faculty and students at 1:30PM in the Hearst  Memorial Mining Building, Room 290.

The primary purpose of Mr. Trautman’s visit is to describe the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program and advertise their career opportunities. This program hires scientists and engineers at the BS, MS and PhD levels  across a wide range of relevant disciplines, both as civilians and commissioned officers, from the top US research universities. For further information, please visit .

We hope that those of you who are interested will be able to attend Mr.  Trautman’s presentation!

Prof. Karl van Bibber

Proceedings from the "SERPENT MONTE-CARLO code workshop"

The Serpent monte-carlo code has been developed for reactor physics, group constant generation and burnup calculations since 2004. The code is currently used at 67 universities and research organizations in 26 countries around the world, and distributed by RSICC and the OECD/NEA Data Bank. This workshop covered a general overview on the methods and capabilities of the Serpent code, along the plans for future development of the next code version, Serpent 2. It also covered applications, coupling to other codes and the verification and benchmarking of the various features in the code. Download the flyer here.

Proceedings from the "SERPENT monte-carlo code workshop" hosted at UC Berkeley on the 1st and 2nd of May 2012:
1. The UCB Nuc. Eng. Dept. computational capabilities - Ryan Bergmann, UCB
2. The SERPENT code - Jaakko Leppänen, VTT
3. The ADOPT code for optimized fast reactor core design - Staffan Qvist, UCB
4. The BEAU methodology for equilibrium composition search - Tommy Cisneros, UCB
5. SERPENT depletion methods - Jaakko Leppänen, VTT
6. Use of GPUs for monte-carlo calculations - Ryan Bergmann, UCB
7. 3D visualization & modeling for monte-carlo - Noah Fischer, UCB
8. Sensitivity, Uncertainty and Representivity Analysis - Jeff Seifried, UCB/LLNL
9. Hybrid MC-MOC, Common Ray Tracing Algorithms - Jasmina Vujic, UCB
10. Group constant generation capabilites in SERPENT - Jaakko Leppänen, VTT
11. Use of SERPENT for generating XSs for PARCS - Andrew Hall, U Michigan
12. SERPENT version 2 and future plans - Jaakko Leppänen, VTT

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